During this semester I have begun to explore the possibilities of a terminal degree in higher education administration or a related field. Having recently completed my masters degree, I am eager to continue my education now while the ball is still rolling and I am still accustomed to the rigor of graduate coursework. I am not certain precisely where I am going professionally, but anyone who has been job searching recently knows that more and more director-level positions (and beyond) are requiring or preferring candidates with terminal degrees.
Feedback from my colleagues has been mixed, however. As a new professional (less than 5 years) in the field, many individuals I have talked to are of the opinion that pursuing a terminal degree early in one's career can prevent individuals from accumulating valuable work experience in mid-level administration, making it difficult to transition from entry level positions. Does a terminal degree make a candidate "over-qualified" for mid-level positions?
What do you think, readers? When is the right time to pursue a terminal degree? Is it actually a bad idea for a student affairs practitioner to pursue a terminal degree?